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Power Plant Mechanic

Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: November 11, 2018

Job Description:

Please note that this position has been re-posted. If you have already submitted your application, you need not submit it again, as it has already been received. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for four consecutive years. UW Facilities is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington's mission of teaching, research, and discovery. UW Facilities engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. UW Facilities includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Building Services Department, Campus Engineering & Operations, Emergency Management, Facilities Employee Services, Facilities Maintenance & Construction, Finance and Business Services, Integrated Operations & Engagement and Transportation Services. Our staff must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Campus Engineering provides professional engineering support for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all University facilities. Campus Operations maintains and operates critical building systems including fire/life safety systems, elevator systems, building environmental systems and controls, central clock systems, high voltage distribution systems, and a utility shutdown coordination program. Campus Operations also provides emergency maintenance response service to the Seattle campus community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Campus Utilities produces steam, emergency electrical power, chilled water, and compressed air for the campus. We have an outstanding opportunity for a Power Plant Mechanic to work in the University of Washington Power Plant, a highly complex power plant that provides steam, chilled water, electricity and emergency power to a large campus with a combined teaching, research, and health care mission. Inspect, repair and maintain multiple high-pressure superheated boilers (425 psi or greater), multiple chillers (2,000 ton or greater), and a large steam turbine electrical generator. Inspect, repair and maintain a diesel generator power station which provides emergency power to a medical center for critical life-safety and other emergency power loads on campus. Inspect, repair and maintain a high-pressure air system for instrument and control air serving the campus and the power plant. Positions in this class are distinguished by responsibility to inspect, maintain and repair mechanical systems in the University of Washington Power Plant. This class requires journey- level ability in machinery repair, pipefitting, steamfitting, welding, rigging, carpentry, machining, plumbing, and a working knowledge of power plant operations and electrical distribution systems. May respond to emergency calls. Duties and Responsibilities: * Perform journey-level mechanical work in support of the operation, maintenance, repair, and alteration of the University of Washington Power Plant * Perform maintenance and repairs on: oHigh capacity superheated and saturated steam boilers oHigh horsepower steam turbines oBoiler forced draft and induced draft fans oLarge capacity centrifugal pumps oLarge capacity reciprocating, centrifugal and rotary air compressors oIon exchange water softeners, de-alkalizers, and condensate polishers oBoiler feedwater de-aerators oLarge pressure reducing valves with separate and/or integral de-superheaters oHydraulic variable speed transmissions oElectric motors oCooling towers fans and drive systems * Perform shaft alignment checks on all rotating machinery repairs * Perform maintenance, repairs and install piping for steam, chilled water, industrial water, condensate, fuel, chemical treatment and compressed air systems * Perform maintenance and repairs in confined spaces such as boiler steam and mud drums, boiler fireboxes, flue gas ductwork, fuel oil storage tanks, hotwells, and water treatment tanks * Clean or change filters, change oil, grease * Inspect and test mechanical systems * Operate machine shop equipment including engine lathes, drill press, grinders, milling machine, hydraulic press, power saws, arc welding machines, gas and plasma cutting torches to fabricate equipment parts * Operate a variety of hand tools * Drive a service van and forklift as required; load and unload materials and supplies * May lead and instruct helpers, may perform work in other trade skills, perform related duties as required * Perform other duties as assigned * Regular and predictable attendance is required Core Competencies: * Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness * Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively * Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems * Be responsible and accountable * Use organizational skills and provide attention to details * Maintain a positive, optimistic and success-oriented attitude * Exercise professional demeanor, which includes being tactful and courteous * Exhibit a professional work ethic * Continuously promote a safe work environment View our Power Plant video! UW Power Plant Requirements include: * Full journey status as a Machinery Mechanic by work experience, vocational or trade school, apprenticeship programs, or any combination of the above; or four years of applied work experience Vocational training may substitute for work experience on a year-for-year basis Additional requirements include: * Have knowledge and understand of safe work practices and policies * Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required * Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Desired: * Five or more years of experience as a Power Plant Mechanic working on complex and critical systems, and with a complete understanding on how to work safely on steam systems * Trade experience should also include welding, pipefitting, and steamfitting * Demonstrated ability for metal fabrication using the appropriate metal working tools Conditions of Employment: * Employee must provide and wear steel-toed shoes * Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment * This position is designated as one that performs an essential function. This means that the position's incumbent must continue to report to work in the event that the University suspends operations because of severe weather, natural disaster, or other emergency condition. * Regular and predictable attendance is required As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.SDL2017

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , Power Plant Mechanic, Professions , Seattle, Washington

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